Carnival Cruise Line Increases Gratuity and Wi-Fi Fees
If you plan to travel with Carnival Cruise Line you will have to pay higher fees in the coming months. The company will increase charges for both gratuities and Wi-Fi.
The new gratuity will go into effect on April 1, 2023. Guests will pay $16 per person, per day for standard staterooms, and $18 per person, per day for suites, a Carnival spokesperson confirmed to Travel + Leisure. That’s an increase of $1.50 per person, per day for each category.
“Our shipboard team members work hard to provide exceptional service and the friendly, welcoming, and outstanding work of Carnival crew is widely recognized across the industry and amongst cruise fans,” Carnival Cruise spokesperson Matt Lupoli said in an email to USA Today. “We believe our guests will agree this slight increase is well-deserved.”
Carnival also charges an additional 18% service charge on beverage purchases and at specialty restaurants. Lupoli noted that although gratuities are automatically added to travelers’ onboard accounts, they can adjust them as they wish.
Carnival Cruise Line will also raise the cost of its onboard Wi-Fi starting January 16. The Social internet plan, which allows access to many social media sites but restricts access to other websites, will increase from $10.20 to $12.75 per day. The Value plan, which allows most internet activities besides streaming, will increase from $14.45 to $17 per day. And the most expensive option which also allows video calls, the Premium plan, will increase from $17 to $22 per day.
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I love that they tell us what gratuity should be. It’s still your choice what to give, they can’t tell you. The number they use is when you have it added to your bill, so don’t add it on
They add it automatically, but you can remove it at guest services. I don’t personally do that, but it is an option.
How cn these be a gratuity if the supplier sets them? That’s a fee. Carnival is being totally dishonest.
This has been standard in the cruise industry for a long time. Technically you can remove them so they aren’t a fee, but they are added automatically.